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Wireless Temperature Monitoring Increases Throughput

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Technology Category
  • Sensors - Temperature Sensors
Applicable Industries
  • Metals
Applicable Functions
  • Discrete Manufacturing
Use Cases
  • Process Control & Optimization
The Challenge

The customer’s manufacturing process takes raw aluminum billets and uses a cold rolling process to produce rolled aluminum goods. A throughput bottleneck was identified at the cooling station as the existing temperature measurement process required the crane operator to climb down from the crane regularly and perform direct measurements on the rolls.

About The Customer
An Aluminum Company has been a state-of-the-art manufacturer of aluminum sheet products in a commodities business since 1983.
The Solution

A SensiNet wireless temperature monitoring system was deployed to automatically monitor the temperature of rolls in the cooling rack every minute. The operator can access the temperature information, and move the materials when the correct temperature is reached, thus eliminating the need to make manual measurements.

Data Collected
Production Efficiency, Temperature, Throughput Per Plant
Operational Impact
  • [Process Optimization - Real Time Monitoring]
    A real-time wireless temperature monitoring system provides a status report on the temperature of rolls in the cooling rack every minute.
  • [Data Management - Data Analysis]
    Cloud aggregation of 'big data' enables more robust analysis.
Quantitative Benefit
  • The customer's plant throughput increases by 6 million pounds of rolled aluminum per year.

  • Payback on the SensiNet system was 3 months.

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